The Decemberists // What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World

Categories:  Music Reviews    Music
Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 at 4:40 AM
The Decemberists // What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World by Alex Bieler

The Decemberists

What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World

Capitol

The Decemberists are a band that usually ties overarching themes to its albums, but latest album What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World doesn’t dwell on any subject for too long. Coming from a group that has dabbled in verbose musings into anything from Japanese folk tales to sea shanties, a simple, more relaxed release almost seems odd, but the results generally work. Lead single “Make You Better” is a wonderful trip into a ‘70s-lounge style, spiked with an enjoyable rousing chorus. If there is a slight theme through the new album, it’s a focus on the band itself, whether Colin Meloy is jokingly singing of how music impacts fans on “The Singer Addresses His Audience” or a remark back on past tracks on “Anti-Summersong” (“I’m not going on just to sing another sing-a-long suicide song”). The former song and ends well, but the latter sounds cloyingly sweet, a sense that pervades a handful of songs and puts a damper on an otherwise enjoyable album.

Erie Reader: Vol. 7, No. 17
Now Available — Pick It Up Today

CURRENT

The rise of the local microdistillery

Are you there, Erie? 

Bargaining for a decision

Crawford, Erie County fairs pull their weight in entertainment value

Music and culture galore define festivities

IN THIS ISSUE

The rise of the local microdistillery

Are you there, Erie? 

Bargaining for a decision

Crawford, Erie County fairs pull their weight in entertainment value

Music and culture galore define festivities

Witness Goodell Gardens and Homestead's first large-scale monarch butterfly release at the Monarch Butterfly Migration Celebration.

Each Demo album Wave Trails makes is more fleshed out than the last.

How to turn unassuming grains into an intoxicating beverage.

New coach Longstaff preaches player development 

One of those wood guitars